February 2016—
5:00 pm—7:30 pm

When: Feb. 17, 2016 | 5-7:30 p.m.
Where: The Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Stanley Nelson may have spent eight years making his latest film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, but it took only two hours to capture the attention of millions around the globe. Premiering Tuesday night on PBS’ Independent Lens, the documentary sparked the No. 1 trending Twitter hashtag—#BlackPanthersPBSin the world.

The next night, Media Impact Funders (MIF), in collaboration with the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, hosted Nelson for a special gathering at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia. Nelson and Norris West, director of strategic communications for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, engaged in a wonderful dialogue about the Panthers, Nelson’s body of work, battling racism, promoting diversity, and more in front of a packed house of appreciative funders and media professionals. The event served as the opening reception for the Media Consortium’s annual conference, whose theme this year centered on race and equity.

From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter
From left to right: MIF executive director Vince Stehle; director Stanley Nelson; and Norris West of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Black Panthers documents the rise and dissolution of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s through the eyes of the party’s rank-and-file members, as well as lawyers, journalists, police officers, and FBI agents. Watch it here.
Here are some highlights from the discussion:

From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter
West, left, and Nelson in the crowd before the discussion.

From Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter
Rashaan Harris is the president and CEO of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation.